Nutrition Center Campaign
History of our Field Kitchen
Why You Should Help And How
It all comes down to our animals—and maintaining the conditions that allow our humans to care for them. We have just over 80 mouths to feed each day and care for.
In a 40 hour work week, our keepers spend approximately 15 hours solely in the Field Kitchen, doing two hours of diet prep every morning plus an additional hour or two each afternoon cleaning, laundering, washing dishes, organizing food bins, etc. And interns and volunteers probably spend closer to half of their time working in the Kitchen.
Additionally, a better Nutrition Center/Field Kitchen is a better learning tool. Anybody who comes through after a morning of diet prep will walk away more ably prepared to care for a number of exotic animal species. Where else can they even begin to understand the intricate complexities of how to prepare diet sheets for a variety of small cat species, as well as how to guesstimate the proper amount of meat required to satiate a “hangry” lion?